originally by: WCADP
published: 20 December 2012
On December 20th 2012 the UN General Assembly voted in favor of its fourth resolution “Moratorium on the use of the death penalty” following previous resolutions in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
The resolution has gained support over the years to be cosponsored today by 91 States. The cosponsors have decided to recall what they had already stated in the past, but also to introduce new elements to make the text stronger in encouraging all States to take further steps towards respecting international law and reducing the application of the death penalty.
In paragraph 4(c), the sponsors of the resolution mentioned for the first time the protection of vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and minors. Although other groups that should receive special protection such as people affected by mental disabilities and the elderly are missing, this paragraph is crucial because some countries still apply the death penalty for those groups despite the protections established in international law.